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  • Smoking Falling Among Brazilian Youth

    Thursday, April 9th, 2009

    The consumption of cigarettes among Brazilian youth has fallen more than half in the last 20 years.   In 2008, according to the Health Ministry’s (MS) Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection from Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (Vigilãncia do Fatores de Risco e Proteção Crônicas por Inquérito Telefônico – VIGITEL), 14.8% of youths between […]

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    Una nueva estrategia regional enfocada a la salud y el desarrollo de los adolescentes y jóvenes

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Health Ministers of the Americas, at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body, agreed to a 10-year regional new strategy and program to tackle issues in the health and development of adolescents and youth (ages 10-24).  The program is seen as an investment in the health […]

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    Implications of the World Cancer Declaration for LAC

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    The World Cancer Congress recently concluded with by adopting the World Cancer Declaration (WCD), a global plan of action to combat cancer, particularly in developing countries such as those of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    The Declaration has already been endorsed by hundreds of organizations, including many health ministries (such as Chile‘s) and other bodies […]

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    Passive Smoking Evidence from Entre Rios, Argentina

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    Synopsis in English: You can still find people disputing the health impacts on non-smokers of those smoking around them, but they are a dwindling group. Here is another small study that may give them pause.
    The Applied Toxicology department of the Bromatology Faculty of the National University of Entre Rios (UNER), tested the urine […]

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    Trends in Adult Smoking in Mexico

    Monday, September 24th, 2007

    A recent article* published in Salud pública de México, the magazine of Mexico's National Institute of Public Health (INSP) examines trends in four key smoking indicators in Mexico, as revealed through its National Addiction Surveys (MNAS) conducted in 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2002. The author argues that, even though the data do not fit well […]

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    Peru Launches Anti-tobacco Program

    Friday, August 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: With much fanfare but few concrete details, Peru’s Health Ministry (MINSA) recently launched a five-year “National Plan to Combat Tobacco Addiction.” According to Health Minister Dr. Carlos Vallejos Sologuren, currently in Peru

    there are as many as 3.8 million smokers;
    60.5% have tried tobacco smoking at least once in their life;
    the […]

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    Assessment of Non-communicable Chronic Disease in Uruguay / Diagnóstico de las enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles en Uruguay

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Recently Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) released the results of its survey into its population’s chief risk factors for non-communicable chronic disease (NCD). The major NCD categories are cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers (“malignant neoplasms”), chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
    NCDs constitute 70% of deaths in Uruguay (33.8% CVD, 22.6% malignant neoplasms). […]

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    Warped Priorities

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    A snapshot of the cost of tobacco addiction in LAC: yesterday Brazil’s Getulio Vargas Foundation (Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV) released research results showing that Brazilian households now spend more on cigarettes than on rice and beans, the staple of the Brazilian diet.

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    Youth Smoking in Mexico / Tabaquismo y los jovenes en México

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Mexican Youth Institute (IMJ), a government-backed body created in 1999 to focus on issues facing Mexicans between the ages of 12 and 29, has released in time for World No Tobacco Day (31 May) the tobacco-related results of a 2005 national survey of 12,000 Mexican youth regarding a wide variety of […]

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